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    Well been a little busy recently, so thought I'd give an update of what I have been up to, none of it is car related.

    You know I got that Bitcoin miner, It was the S5 model, and a few years old, was making around £1.20 a day, there is an S9 which will make around 11 times that. Its basically processes transactions, its all encrypted, but it’s a validation tool. You join a pool of people all doing the same thing. The more hashing power you have the more reward. Well I sold it, and was going to get the S9, but decided against it for now as it’s a lot of money. Also would generate twice the amount of heat than the S5, The S5 would happily heat our office of 7x20meters, we had to have the windows open, lol.
    Well there are other crypto currencies in their infancy.
    Like ZCash which is ZEC. You can make money with GFX cads and CPU, with the GeForce1060 6GB it makes around £1 a day. I have the source code, mainly interested in the CPU code at the moment, I can step through the code and one function takes around 20 seconds. It moving data from pointers, rearranging RAM basically. Still digging into how much RAM it needs. My aim is to pass this data into an FPGA, I design the code to work the same as the PC code but faster, and pass the data back to be submitted. It’s a challenge. Its been on my mind for many days now. If I can make the FPGA chip work as fast as a PC thread then I will be happy. ZCash algorithum is designed to use more RAM so its not in favour of going into an FPGA/ ASIC, but I see that as a challenge. I can use external RAM, get multiple busses going. Then multiply up the FPGA designs, build is modular so you can chain more and more together.

    I will write an article on ZCash, like I did for the Bitcoin miner.
    Possible a blog for the progress of the ZCacsh programming/FPGA.

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    But why sell so soon after purchase? What's the thought process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanThunder View Post
    But why sell so soon after purchase? What's the thought process?
    The S5 was a few years old, mining speeds increase every year. I wanted to see how it all worked, buying one that was in my budget was more of a test. It proved it could earn money if electric was free. There is an S7 and S9 model which has better crunching power and used less electric. From my speed test of the S5, i worked out the S9 would make around 90quid a week, and use £4 of electric a day. So to buy the S9 I needed funds, there is a waiting list for the S9 too, pay in full now for delivery January. So I may go for it.
    However in the meantime I'm exploring the ZCash mining, it's similar to how Bitcoin works.

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    You may want to hold off. Russia has just announced Cryptoruble. So you may want to design something that does both?

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    Certainly worth considering. I will take a look into that. Been making some progress on ZCash. Not sure what speed I can get from it yet.

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    Been Zcash mining on the Pc for well over a month name, made about £50 in the last month.

    Most evenings and weekends I have been looking into improving the speed I have it built on the PC, and trying to migrate the code into an Arm processor, even though a lot of it is written in C++ it seems to be a different form that does not compile. Its beating me at the moment, but I wont let it win.

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    I should have kept the bitcoin miner S5, however it was a tad noisy, and generated a lot of head. With the rise of the value of bitcoin to around £8500 a unit. So around 2.5 more than when I was mining at £1.20 a day, so would be around £3 it would be making now. Oh well, perhaps I should have kept it, but then it could have packed up before it made its money back, it would have taken well under 100 days.

    I'm still investigating the other crypto currency, ZCash. Its around £240 per unit at the moment, making £2.4 in 36 hours. So not huge. This is mainly from the GFX card in the first post. I'm still going through the code that runs on the PC, to find out how it all works and can it be optimized. I'm sure it can.

    You use a Header of 108 bytes and a 32 byre nonce. Generate a hash, this is using the Blake2b compression, which is mainly additions, and Xors and cycling round many times of 16 x 64 bit numbers. You end up with a 512bit hash. In one piece of PC code it looks like its generates 1,000,000 of these 512 bit hashes. The code seems to reserve memory slots oin the fly and stored these values. From these numbers it looks like it used Wagners Birthday Problem https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/3ce...7ac5e48e8b.pdf
    I wonder if we store these values at set offsets, then we can retrieve them quicker. My code has access to 512Mb of RAM, and looks like its required around 180Mb, so by spreading out we may be able to fetch it quicker.

    Its been slow going, and following someone elses code in view on how to optimise it when you dont fully understand what they are trying to achieve is taking me a while. Can it be faster than a GFX processor? well if the code really does require 180Mb of RAM, and the GFX card has 6GB, it has over 700 Cuda cores but i think the RAM will be the limiting factor. So it could be running around 30 instances of the solver.

    Still a lot of unanswered questions. I believe I can make it faster, but at what cost, I do not know.

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    ?Once concern was how much network bandwidth does it requier. Well on the PC I ran Wireshark and monitors data's between me and the ZCash mining pool. Around 1K was downloaded, then 5 seconds later a couple of packets around 100 bytes were sent back and the cycle repeated. This is a very low data transfer. So not going to impact on my network that much.

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    Need to progress more with functional achievements and than I can find out the power requirements and go from there.

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